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Erich Wagner

Erich Wagner is a staff correspondent covering pay, benefits and other federal workforce issues. He joined Government Executive in the spring of 2017 after extensive experience writing about state and local issues in Maryland and Virginia, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Alexandria Times. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
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OPM Extends Pay Freeze for Top Administration Officials

January 4, 2018 The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that it is effectively extending the pay freeze for top administration officials until the next federal government shutdown deadline on Jan. 19. Last month, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan said in a memo formalizing the 2018 pay tables for federal workers that a...

Senator Subpoenas OPM Over 2013 Obamacare Rule

January 3, 2018 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., last month escalated matters in his fight to secure documents from the Office of Personnel Management about a controversial rule related to the Affordable Care Act, issuing a subpoena to the agency over files he claims have been withheld...

TSP Shows Modest Gains, Blended Retirement Goes Live and More

January 3, 2018 Monday marked the launch of the federal government’s new blended retirement system for military personnel, and officials at the government's 401(k)-style retirement savings plan have developed a wealth of new material to acquaint service members with the program. Beginning Jan. 1, all new members of the military are automatically enrolled...

What the 2018 Pay Raise Means for You

December 27, 2017 Members of the Senior Executive Service will see an increase in their pay of between $1,742 and $2,400 come January, according to the new pay table released by the Office of Personnel Management. SES employees at agencies with a certified performance appraisal system can earn a maximum of $189,600 next...

Trump Issues 2018 Pay Raise Order

December 22, 2017 President Trump on Friday issued an executive order finalizing his pay increase plan for federal employees for 2018. The White House stuck with previously announced plans to increase federal civilian pay by 1.9 percent next year, with 1.4 percent going toward an across-the-board increase and 0.5 percent going to locality-based...

White House Calls for ‘Fundamental Reform’ to Feds’ Pay, Delays New 2018 Localities

December 22, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Friday released the President's Pay Agent report implementing locality pay adjustments for 2018, which authorizes a 2016 proposal to add two cities to the list of areas where civilian employees will receive a greater pay increase but calls for "fundamental reforms" to federal compensation....

Trump Names Two Federal Pay Raise Advisers

December 21, 2017 President Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint two people to the board tasked with reviewing how much of a raise federal employees should receive based on where they live, ending almost a year of inaction on the issue. Trump named veteran federal personnel official Ron Sanders to serve...

Flipping the Switch on Blended Retirement, Your Benefits During a Shutdown and More

December 20, 2017 After years of planning, officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan are finally ready to provide an employer contribution to members of the military. The blended retirement system is scheduled to go live Jan. 1. The program, which automatically enrolls all new service members and offers a one-year...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...

Hoyer: Republicans Still Don't Have the Votes on Deal to Avoid Shutdown

December 20, 2017 House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his Republican counterparts still do not have a consensus among their caucus on how to keep the federal government open past Friday’s deadline to avert a shutdown. Speaking to reporters, Hoyer expressed frustration with the lack of a clear plan from...